Severe cold weather until Saturday 3rd March

– wrap up and be prepared! 

There is a high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and possible snow in the Kingsbridge area until Sunday 3rd March.  Please keep abreast of weather reports and the Met Office’s cold weather alerts and take extra precautions to keep safe, warm and well.

In particular, Age UK reports that exposure to the cold can have a devastating impact on older people who are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures.  As people get older it takes longer to warm up, the cold thickens our blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air lowers the body temperature.  The ideal temperature is 64ºF (18ºC) for your bedroom and 70ºF ((21ºC) for your living room.  Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature and keep your bedroom window shut over this cold snap.  If you have elderly neighbours now is a great time to pop in for a cuppa and a catch-up!

Slippery and icy conditions make it much more likely that people will stumble and fall possibly damaging ligaments, muscles or tendons.  The initial treatment is the RICE procedure: Rest the injured part, apply Ice or a cold pad to the injured area, Comfortably support the injury using a bandage or soft padding, Elevate the injured part.

Kingsbridge Town Council manages a local self-initiative “Winter Weather Wardens” whereby local residents volunteer to store bags of salt at their homes in order to grit roads and footways in their local neighbourhood.  We are always on the lookout for more people.  Volunteers will receive some basic training, be provided with a fluorescent top and insurance-wise will be covered by Devon County Council’s indemnity policy.

Around town there are grit bins positioned in Coronation Road, Buckwell Road, Highfield Drive, Saffron Park, Warren Road, West Alvington Hill, Stentiford Hill, Washabrook Way and Duncombe Park.  This is a 200% increase from the last severe winter in 2010/11.  All have been filled with grit in readiness for icy conditions.